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Areas of action

Getting to Zero in Dutch Kills is a special project of SWIM Coalition, GreenShores NYC, Newtown Creek Alliance, NYC Soil and Water Conservation District and Riverkeeper.


The project aims to produce a community - driven action plan for reducing the ~200 million gallons of combined sewer overflow (CSO) that discharges annually into the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek. 

Water Quality

SWIM Coalition advocates for "fishable, swimmable water quality" year-round. How will NYC achieve it? What does it mean for your local waterway?

Combined Sewer Systems

Improving water quality requires reducing and eliminating the volume of polluted water discharged from combined sewer overflows (CSOs). 

More on New York City's CSO long term control plans here

Separate Sewer Systems

40% of New York City uses separate drainage systems. These convey stormwater but never connect to wastewater treatment plants, adding to the pollution in NYC waterways.


Green Infrastructure

In our concrete city, green infrastructure (GI) plays a critical role in managing stormwater and reducing pollution.

Stormwater Finance

Since our founding, SWIM has advocated for stormwater management incentives and financing structures. We continue to push for better, more inclusive programs.

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